According to a recent survey, 42% more people are doing yoga as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Yoga’s rise in popularity is largely due to it’s calming mental and physical effects. With stress levels at an all-time high, many people are looking for ways to relax and find balance.
In fact, over the past two months, numerous health experts have recommended yoga to cope with coronavirus anxiety.
How Yoga and Other Forms of Exercise Are Contributing to a Healthier World
In addition to the yoga craze, there’s been a global surge in all types of exercise. Along with a 42% increase in yoga popularity, hiking is up 34%, indoor cycling is up 19% and running has seen a 18% increase.
While we’ve heard a lot of talk about “the quarantine 15” in regards to the fear of weight gain during quaratine, fortunately the negative effects of quarantine were not as severe as some predicted. Findings showed only 37% of people in the US gained more than a pound, with the average person putting on a minor .21 pounds (.95 kgs).
Other countries around the world have observed a similar trend regarding weight gain.
To cope with stress, health experts recommend limiting media exposure and filling your day with things that protect your mental health. “Instead, redirect time to meditate, pray, read, play tranquil music, engage in yoga, and journal — activities that relax and renew,” says Dr. Nina Radcliff.
Many people are also struggling with getting enough sleep in these challenging times. The solution? Stretch before bed.
“It’s often difficult to fall asleep when your muscles are tense and tight, which can happen during times of extreme stress like the COVID-19 pandemic,” says sleep science coach Matthew Ross.
Ross explains that going to bed without stretching can often equate to more restless sleep because our tight muscles have a harder time relaxing and our bodies can’t get as comfortable. Therefore, yoga can help your body get into a more relaxed state before bed.
Other aspects of yoga beyond the physical can also contribute to a better night’s rest. Certain forms of Pranayama (or breathwork) can also help.
Take our Guided Pranayama for Better Sleep
This short class on YA Classes offers guided breathwork with a form of Pranayama called Chandra Bhedana, or Moon Piercing that will help you fall asleep and have a more restful night’s sleep.
With Allie Geer
7-minutes Class | All Levels
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